Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO–Sheriff David Jones announced Monday that investigators with the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office executed an evidentiary search warrant in the 300 block of North Van Buren in Northwest San Angelo. The search warrant authorized investigators to search for and collect evidence for the offense of Distribution of Child Pornography. Tom Green County Sheriff's investigators seized several electronic devices that contained images of child pornography. As a result of the discovery of illegal child pornography images in the possession of Dustin R. Carnes, age 37, investigators arrested and charged Carnes with one count of possession of Child Pornography, a 3rd degree felony.

Additionally, Athena Marie Smith, age 37, was arrested at the scene of the warrant. Smith was charged with possession of a controlled substance PG1<1g and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The arrests were the culmination of several months of investigating child pornography by members of the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division. Sheriff Jones said, "We are committed to protect children from exploitation and abuse."
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety in the execution of the warrant.